Tee­tan seems to have one Vic­tory In Hand at Happy Val­ley

The Citizen (KZN) - - Racing Express - Hong Kong

– Rac­ing re­turns to Happy Val­ley to­day with a nine-race pro­gramme fea­tur­ing the Class 4 1200m Hong Kong Chal­lenge Cup (Race 6) as the head­line act.

Typ­i­cal of Hong Kong races, there’s a num­ber of se­ri­ous con­tenders in the fea­ture race, but Vic­tory In Hand for trainer Francis Lui and jockey Karis Tee­tan looks hard­est to beat af­ter his dom­i­nant last-start win.

Vic­tory In Hand was backed off the map at his fifth time of ask­ing at this track and dis­tance 35 days ago, jump­ing at $3.80 af­ter hov­er­ing around the $10 mark. This O’Reilly geld­ing led all the way to score by 2.25 lengths but draws bar­rier 9 this week and prob­a­bly won’t map as easy.

Caspar Fownes’ en­trant Su­per

Lucky, from bar­rier 1, might just get the pace he so de­sires with plenty that can push for­ward. The six-year-old races third-up and hasn’t had much luck at his two runs, rac­ing wide through­out off a fast tempo first-up be­fore get­ting too far back last time but do­ing well late in the piece.

The best bet comes up in Race 8 with handy look­ing three-yearold Har­mony And Rich in the Class 3 1000m. This Aus­tralian im­port de­buted 35 days ago with an eye-catch­ing run into third, two lengths to track and dis­tance spe­cial­ist Gen­tle Breeze.

This I Am In­vin­ci­ble geld­ing led all the way at his two wins in the land down un­der so it is fea­si­ble he can map hand­ier than where he did at his Hong Kong de­but. In-form jockey Tony Pic­cone takes over from sus­pended Zac Pur­ton and with speed drawn be­low him, ex­pect to see him mid-field and hope­fully prov­ing too strong late.

Har­mony And Rich goes up against some in-form horses such as class ris­ers Fly­ing Ge­nius and G Unit, the for­mer in search of a hat-trick of wins af­ter string­ing to­gether two nice wins at this track and dis­tance in Class 4.

Bar­rier 1 looks ideal for sixyear-old Planet Star in the Class 3 1650m in Race 5 and he looks an Each­way play.

Trainer Paul O’Sul­li­van has tried all sorts of dis­tances with the Den­man geld­ing and he re­turns to the ex­tended mile (1600m) trip af­ter rac­ing ex­clu­sively over 1200m at his last seven starts.

A one-time win­ner and three­time run­ner-up at the track and dis­tance, Planet Star has early toe to make full use of the low draw but doubt he’ll be lead­ing with peren­nial fast begin­ner

Vigor Fame jump­ing from bar­rier 2 (an in­ter­est­ing run­ner, in fact, rac­ing first-up af­ter a sta­ble change to Jimmy Ting).

Planet Star be­gan fairly last time over 1200m and was heav­ily re­strained there­after, get­ting too far back but mak­ing up a stack of ground for a bet­ter-than-it-looks eighth. Sur­re­al­ism is hard­est to beat and a must in­clude if play­ing ex­otics. – iRaceMe­dia

Luke Mid­dle­brook’s se­lec­tions:

Race 1: 9-4-3-5

Race 2: 9-10-8-11

Race 3: 5-12-4-9

Race 4: 4-2-9-11

Race 5: 7-3-5-6

Race 6: 4-5-6-1

Race 7: 5-2-7-9

Race 8: 3-6-8-1

Race 9: 2-3-1-9

KARIS TEE­TAN

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